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Golden - The Celt Experience

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BA SCORE
82
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Celt Experience visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A zesty body and citrus aroma with a snappy finish. Drink to inspire you to an evening of passion! Circa 500BC, during the Celtic Golden Age, most of mainland. Europe was dominated by the spiritual tribes of Celtic origin.

(Beer added by: MrKennedy on 05-18-2011)
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy, yeast filled golden color, such as the name of this Ale. There appears to be a heavy lacing that is very sticky when it clings to the side of my glass...some of the best I've seen in a beer! The head is eggshell colored and starts out fizzy but gently settles into a nice film over the brew. It's too hard to tell how the carbonation will be by looks due to the hazy nature. A very solid looking Golden Ale!

S- Well balanced blend of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. There is most definitely a citrus note about this beer, perhaps from German hops? Overall it's clean and refreshing in smell with nothing other than a traditional EPA aroma.

T- This is most definitely my kind of flavor! Very well balanced malt sweetness immediately upon tasting, and this is quickly taken over by bittering citrus toned hop cones towards the back of my palate. The only noticeable difference is in the potency of the flavors....this is slightly more subdued than an EPA, but still very British throughout! The finish is bitter and lingers for sometime after the swallow.

M- Medium to slightly light in body, this consumes the palate quite nicely. There is a subtle, yet zesty carbonation that really opens up the flavor profile for me in exploding fashion! I get a sense of the hop cones being freshly picked and immediately used in the brewing process....very leafy, very Earthy!

O- A highly drinkable Ale, that has all of the components that a proper tasty beer should have! Everything balances out well, and goes from sweet to bitter, causing me to grab for that next taste! The alcohol is mellow, yet slightly noticeable, which is nice to notice in something a little lower in volume. I recommend this rich, smooth brew....cheers to this Welsh brewery and I look forward to having this again!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 03:24:39 | More by ChrisCage
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magpieken

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-08-2013 12:21:04 | More by magpieken
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

09-15-2012 02:27:47 | More by Vyronian
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Pours a transparent deep golden color, bits of white suds for a head.

Smells of light citrus and bold, grassy barley malts. Mild pine hop bitterness.

Dry earth malts with light caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness on the dry side with grapefruit citrus elements. Possibly some honey and light spice like cloves or nutmeg.

Medium to full body with light soft carbonation around the tongue.

Really nice ale, great flavor and body for the abv which makes it highly sessionable. Very easy to enjoy and would love to spend an afternoon with a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:44:13 | More by Cylinsier
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admiral

Australia

4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

excellent pale ale - I haven't tasted a better one that is under 5% alcohol

big bold flavours, especially considering it is only 4.2%

taste: big grapefruit with honey, spice, citrus and orange peel - the malt balances it out nicely

tasty, fruity and unexpected - will be seeking this out in the future

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 09:50:29 | More by admiral
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited to review this as it appears to be quite fresh to BA.

clean bottle design with black and gold label.

poured in a Duvel tulip aggressivley.

nice clarity to the beer. golden ale with some loose bubbles on top. very attractive in glass.

malt and mild hops with some honey sweetness. heather, lavender, vanilla. grainy malt sweetness. complex and interesting.

very nice in the mouth.buttery dryness. tingly hops. so tasty.

if you find some you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:31:30 | More by paxkey
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/2/12

A clear golden yellow with some tiny particles being moved around by lots of big bubbles, a nice two finger off white foam sinks to an island leaving lots of random lace

S malty lemon and earthy hops with a little hay

T a nice blend of hops with some biscuit, faint caramel and the fruity notes I picked up on the nose are not as citrus forward

M light and fluffy from the bubbles, mild spicy aftertaste is rather pleasant

O pretty easy to drink and it has decent flavors is a light beer, I could session this under a hot sun

not my favorite style but this is a good example, I'm learning to appreciate session beers and this one makes it easy

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:47:40 | More by wordemupg
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lelepat

Hong Kong

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-22-2014 11:01:31 | More by lelepat
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galluch

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-17-2012 16:40:55 | More by galluch
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-27-2012 02:03:29 | More by Rlombardi75
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Jamestregenza

Australia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-27-2013 12:04:47 | More by Jamestregenza
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-10-2012 21:44:51 | More by Molson2000
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV marked as 4.2%.

A - Poured a deep gold with a half centimetre white head. Some lacing.

S - Hops, citrus, earth. Some caramel sweetness in the background.

T - Caramel, light fruity sourness, orange peel, hint of spice, hint of tobacco, nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tangy, crisp, nice mouth coating bitter aftertaste.

O - Pretty good. Well balanced flavourful pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:29:55 | More by decimator
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Chepe

Chile

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-28-2012 02:18:37 | More by Chepe
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before April 2013. I don't normally comment on packaging quality, but this one has a pretty slick-looking bottle. I grabbed this because I wanted something milder than all the IPAs and hefes that were already in my shopping basket - and also because I've never had Welsh beer.

Pours a clear golden amber colour, topped with a modest, creamy off-white head roughly one finger in thickness. It disappears fairly rapidly over the next minute, leaving behind a ring of lacing and a thin, soapy cap on the surface. The aroma is enjoyable, with a plethora of different notes to pick out of the bouquet - sweet toffee, buttered biscuits and lemon citrus blend nicely with the leafy, musty English hop aromas. A bit more pungent than your average EPA.

This is a very tasty ale. Biscuity malts, toffee and honey are the main features early in the sip, with fruity notes of lemon zest, pears and apple skin accompanying them. Leafy, earthy hops come forward near the finish, balancing the malts perfectly and imparting a dry, musty tea-leaf quality to the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. Celt's Golden Ale is quite full-flavoured for a 4.2% brew, but it's just as easy to slug back as most other examples of this style. I wouldn't say that this is my new 'favourite EPA', but there's no question that it's relatively high up on that list. It's a highly quaffable pint that would be an excellent session option (if not for the relatively high price). I'd happily recommend this to any fan of English-style ales and bitters, and I might pick it up again some time.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 03:58:04 | More by thehyperduck
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
4.2% ABV
I tried this beer on June 9, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a slightly hazy golden red colour with a thin creamy off-white head. The aroma is bready malt, a hint of yeast, and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is nicely balanced between the malty sweetness and the bitter hoppy finish. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:23:02 | More by cyrenaica
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doktorhops

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After last nights drunken debauchery at The Archive I probably should not be reviewing anything and letting my liver rest for a day but what the hell- I love beer! This is one brew that has one of the most unassuming labels I have ever seen, oh well as long as the beer packs some flavour what else matters?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A slight hazy amber body with a boastful 2cm off-white foam head from a hard pour, which settles and leaves a surprisingly sticky lace for such a low ABV.

S: There is a decent toasted biscuit malt backbone with some fruity and floral Fuggles hops thrown in. The aroma is tasty and typical of a quality British ale.

T: For something that is almost a mid-strength the flavour is big; caramel malt, grapefruit and honey with those fruity/floral hops at the back end. The bitterness is more on par with an American pale ale but we wont hold that against them. Nice work The Celt Experience Brewery. It makes one wonder how big the flavour would be at 5% ABV.

M: Medium bodied with a light English ale carbonation. Goes down quite easy.

D: A solid effort, which with price notwithstanding, is a winner. Really the only negative one could level at it is the low ABV, but let's not be petty with such a fine ale. This is a surprise beer for me that combines the caramel-ness of English ales and gives it a bit of a hop hit that you would expect from an American brew.

Food match: If you're wanting to have a night out and not get drunk so quickly this is the pick, and the food it would pair perfectly to would be Indian curry, such as a lamb korma or a nice butter chicken.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 11:58:22 | More by doktorhops
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml capped and sealed bottle, nice black and gold design. BB Dec 2012.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden hue, with some rising effervescence, and two fingers of somewhat thin foamy white head, which leaves a children's mountain vista drawing of lace around the glass as it settles.

It smells of pale grainy malt, some mild aged lemon, and a weirdly floral, musty hoppiness. The taste is more pale malt, the grain maturing to a slight breadiness, with a flinty, ashy edge, a diminished fruitiness, and dusty, earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, but fresh, and a bit airy, the body on the reserved side of medium weight, a respectable condition for the style and ABV - as is the shy smoothness. It finishes fairly clean, the grainy malt, and timidly zingy floral, weedy hops not prone to phoning it in.

EPAs are like APAs to me (or is it the other way around?). Anyways, the style usually, though it shouldn't, leaves me muttering a hipster-ish 'meh'. This one, like its Bronze sibling, supercedes all that baggage, and comes across as a beer that you just wanna drink, full stop.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:07:33 | More by biboergosum
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(3.5) A: Clear amber colour with a creamy stark-white foam head that gradually recedes to a ring. Very good lacing.

(3.5) S: Grains, floral qualities, tart grapefruit, slight balsamic, nuts, faint ginger, and yeasty elements. Very appealing with a bold acidic-like tinge to the overall aroma.

(4.0) T: Dry toasted grains, mellow spices including clove, slight nutty taste, floral hop elements, and honey. Smooth and bitter with a bit of tartness. Very tasty.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean with a dry bitter finish.

(4.0) D: Very good and very drinkable. Would enjoy having this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:30:09 | More by Digimaika2
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw with a fluffy, white cloud head.

Floral, lemon-y hops. Pale malt background in the nose. A bit upfront with the hops, but this might even off as it warms.

Not as hoppy in the flavour as the scent would suggest. Very nice pale malt taste, a bit of bread and biscuits, light butter. Lemon-y floral hints.

Good carbonation, a bit rough at times but this eases as it warms. A good session beer. Definitely worth trying if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:00:34 | More by BDTyre
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange colour, crystal clarity. It's one finger head is somewhat poorly retained and leaves very little lace. Predominantly earthy aroma also contains muted notes of bread and flowers. Starts with unsalted soup cracker and moderate hop bitterness , with a little bit of lemon. Some citrus pith and tea in the finish, with the bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. The boldness of this comes as a surprise after recently trying tasty but far more delicate golden ales by Dark Star and Fuller's. Light bodied with low carbonation. Feels slick but light. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 04:23:39 | More by mintjellie
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Lawleit150percent


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-22-2014 11:01:29 | More by Lawleit150percent
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-16-2012 06:11:37 | More by RedAleMan
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Troublebar

China

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-30-2014 07:41:49 | More by Troublebar
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cammo84

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-18-2012 13:12:14 | More by cammo84
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Golden from The Celt Experience
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.